No, Satan is not cowering from you

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I saw a post on FaceBook the other day that said something like this:

When you carry the Bible . . . the devil gets a headache.

When you open it . . . he collapses.

When he sees you reading it . . . he faints.

When he sees you living it . . . he flees.

And just when you’re about to re-post this by hitting “Share” he will try to discourage you.

I just defeated him. “Share” this if you’re in God’s Army.

First off, this post is not seeking to spread the Word, it is what is called an “engagement post”. It is a way to rank higher in FaceBook standing because it encourages people to share it even though it does not have any real value. This post is simply made to drive traffic, not spread any kind of truth. That is relevant when you look at what is being said.

Here is the thing, the devil is not omnipresent. He cannot be everywhere at once. In fact, he cannot even be two places at once. Therefore, if he can only put his attention to one person who is fighting for God in this world, you are going to have to do a lot more than open your Bible, read it and share a post. The devil has bigger things to worry about. If you are the focus of the devil’s energy then you are doing something right, but it takes a lot to get his focus. You know, you basically have to be Job, or Adam, or Paul. You have to be seriously threatening him to get him to focus on you.

Now, if you wanted to switch the word “devil” for “demons” in this post, that would be more accurate but really only at the point of “when he sees you living it . . . he flees.” That is when it really matters. You could read the Bible, carry the Bible and open the Bible all day long but that won’t mean anything until you start living it.

I think we way underestimate who our enemy is. We think of Satan and his demons as characters in an animated movie. We see them as cartoons. Little creatures with red, pointy tails and pitchforks. This is so wrong. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 that Satan is a “roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour.” A roaring lion is nothing like the image we have for Satan in our minds.

In the end, stop thinking shares on a lukewarm post on FaceBook is going to advance the kingdom of God. Teach people the truth. Live the Word of God. Get Satan’s attention. You will know when you get it.

The truth about divorce

In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve. He did not create any other humans. If Adam were to divorce Eve, there would be no one for him to marry. He would be alone. The same obviously would go for Eve. Divorce was not even an option that God gave His first children.

The Hebrew word for “divorce” is “ker-ee-thooth” and it pretty much means “divorce”. Fairly simple. The first time it appears is in Deuteronomy 24:1.

When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

The word uncleanness here is a fairly broad term. There are several things you could tie this to but the most obvious one would be sexual immorality. The Son of God Himself in Matthew 5:31 and 19:3-9 gave us some more insight on divorce. The main one being 19:8:

He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Even Jesus said that from the beginning divorce was not an option. It wasn’t even a “thing”. There was no such thing as divorce. The word “suffer” here means to allow but it does not mean to approve. God may “suffer” you to divorce, but He does not approve of it. In fact, Jesus stated there is only one reason that a divorce is allowed, without committing adultery, and that is if your spouse has committed a sexual sin. Although many divorces can fall within this category, it is not the cause of every divorce.

Notice that in the beginning with just Adam and Eve, there was no way for either one to commit adultery. It is the only one of the Ten Commandments that Adam and Eve could not break. There was no one else. Just Adam and Eve.

In the end, divorce is always something that God does not approve of. He will allow it for one reason, and that reason is adultery. Any other reason to divorce just leads to more sin.

No feather . . . No gray

I have been doing a lot of graphics work lately, especially with my silhouette work. One of the first tools you learn when working with these types of graphics is a thing called “feathering”.

This is when you draw a mask around your image and then make the edges blur or feather into the other layers. This makes it harder to tell the difference between layers and is a great way to meld multiple images together. I have used it hundreds of times and it is a lifesaver!

When it comes to black and white objects, it creates a nice gray area between them. Blends them perfectly. The “gray area” is a familiar term for most people.

People like to say that things aren’t always black and white. That there are gray areas in life. That there is a “feathering” so to speak between the good layer and the bad layers. People will ask if some particular thing is a sin and even Christians will say that “that is a gray area.” This is simply not true and not Biblical!

Jesus clearly said that if we are not for Him we are against Him. He didn’t allow any gray area. And when you pay attention to how God treats sin, you will see He has no gray area either. It is either sin or it isn’t.

We generally say something is in a gray area if it is something we do or don’t want to limit ourselves from doing. We say it is a gray area to make ourselves feel better. This is a bad idea. This is us rejecting God’s holy truth.

You murder someone, it is a sin. It doesn’t matter if it was in self-defense, abortion, war, or out of hate. It is a sin and you need to repent.

You lie, it is a sin. It doesn’t matter if it is to protect someone, hurt someone or not intentional. It is a sin. Plain and simple.

We need to stick to what God has told us. He calls sin “sin” and holiness “holiness”. He has made it very clear so stop lying to yourself and others.

Looking out a window

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For the last several weeks we have had several feet of snow fall. The above picture was actually taken not to far from where I live. Anyway, when I look out my window all I can see is snow.

As it so happens, my little son loves to look at it as well. So, every time I change his diaper (an insane amount, am I right?), I stand him up and pull the blind down so he can look outside. It is his favorite part of diaper-changing time (I think).

While my hand sits there separating two of the blinds apart to open up a 6-inch window for him to peer through, he just moves his head looking around with the biggest smile on his face. Its a joy to see. and it reminds me of our worldviews.

Now, for my son, he sees the world very differently from me. He sees a world covered in white. He sees cars passing on the highway across from the fence. He sees people walking in front of us. He sees the street lamp between the softly falling snow. Then he sees the blinds again as daddy picks him up and swings him around.

This is his worldview. He does not know what snow is, he does not understand that each car passing by contains thousands of working parts, or the people walking in front of him are grown-up versions of himself. Though, in his mind, he knows what they are. His understanding of them is so far beneath my own, and mine is so far beneath that of a mechanic or a doctor.

My point: God does not have a worldview. He knows about every part of it all because He made it all. Just think how little a child knows, but how much they think they know. Then think of how much you know. Yeah, that is my point.